DHL Supply Chain has been named as the only logistics company to make it into this year’s Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.
The unranked list recognises UK employers leading on gender diversity and was published this week in partnership with Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, as part of the charity’s Responsible Business Week.
The list highlights those UK employers for whom gender equality is a key business strategy and involves a comprehensive submission process managed by the gender equality campaign of Business in the Community.
DHL Supply Chain operates a Diversity Action Plan which is deployed throughout the business and includes a ‘diversity module’ which is undertaken by all employees, setting out the benefits of a diverse organisation, and the ‘Warehouse to Wheels’ scheme.
The latter initiative means that as well as increasing the representation of women within the warehouse environment the company is also attempting to encouraging more of its female warehouse employers to develop into HGV drivers and is also working towards to aim of adapting all job roles to suit flexible working in order to better accommodate female employees.
Currently 24% of all executive new hires/promotions at the company are women, just 1% away from its 25% target for 2020.
Melanie Kreis, corporate board member for HR at Deutsche Post DHL said: “As a global company of half a million people, the diversity of our employees is a genuine strength, which is why workplace equality is so important to us. I’m delighted to see our supply chain business leading the way in our industry and congratulate the UKI team on their success.”
Nikki Craig, senior vice president HR, DHL Supply Chain UKI, added: “For too long the logistics industry has had a reputation as male-dominated and not supportive of women. We are proud to be reversing the trend and creating a team that better mirrors the diversity of our customers, suppliers and investors.”
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